He fooled them last time, will they let it happen again?
Maple Bluff - Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and legislative leaders today opened talks on how to resolve the overdue budget, and Doyle promised to tell legislators what compromises he would sign into law and what he would veto.
"I'm not in this to pull some big surprise on somebody at the end," said Doyle, who personally appealed to Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) and Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson (D-Beloit) to reach a budget compromise that can pass the full Legislature and be on the governor's desk for his signature.
Well at least they've got Doyle's "word" on it (wink, nudge, fingers crossed). Jimmy has those outstate rubes right where he wants them.
Huebsch negotiated for Republicans, who control the Assembly. He said Doyle's promise to monitor the budget talks and say what he will not veto was important.
Two years ago, Doyle rewrote the last budget passed by Republicans with vetoes, diverting money from transportation spending in ways that angered GOP lawmakers.
Because Wisconsin governors have the broadest veto authority in the nation, Huebsch said, "A deal has to be a deal."
"Doyle promised," words guaranteed to give someone a mouth-full.
Hint to Huebsch, get it in writing. Better yet, revoke the line item veto first, negotiate later.